Advanced training options

Due to interest, need or higher pay, some EMTs choose to get more advanced training and certifications. These positions can include Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs) to specialized advanced paramedic options like Critical Care Paramedics (CCP). At EMS PRO we understand the value of advanced training for better results for patients across the US.

What is an Advanced EMT and how do you certify as one?

When choosing the path to join the ranks of the EMS world, you can decide between getting initial certification in four different fields. The NREMT, which is the nationally based certification testing for EMTs, is the agency which certifies the positions. This allows you to take your certification with you to any state in the US. Those jobs include:

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
  • Paramedic

The difference between an EMT and AEMT is the addition of some advanced emergency medical care knowledge. Becoming an AEMT allows you to gain higher pay, but isn’t as difficult to obtain as a paramedic certification is. Advanced EMT skills include an understanding of the basic and advanced use of equipment found on an ambulance. The AEMT scope of practice combines being able to care for critical and emergent patients. AEMT classes and training can be found at local technical colleges or other certified institutions that even provide online courses.

What are other advanced paramedic training options?

If you are interested in advanced paramedic training within the EMT world to better serve your community, interests or for advanced paramedic pay, there are several options available for certification. The International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC) has several specialty fields you can prepare and test for. These advanced paramedic jobs include:

  • Community Paramedic (CP)
  • Critical Care Paramedic (CCP)
  • Certified Flight Paramedic (FP)
  • Certified Medical Transportation Safety Professional (MTSP)
  • Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP)
  • Certified Tactical Responder (TR)

In order to certify in one of the above positions, you need to take certified advanced paramedic courses. The IBSC website provides a list of recognized programs you can enroll in to get the training you need ((

At EMS PRO Expo we understand the value and necessity of specialized jobs and EMT training opportunities. You can expect to attend many sessions and courses at the yearly convention for CE credits and further knowledge in your unique field. This is a great way to test the waters on advanced classes and talk with people already in your field of interest. Join us today to begin networking with the best the EMS world has to offer.


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